Susan Koppenhaver, Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist and empower older adults and their families to live as independently as possible, with dignity and purpose.
Ulster County will strive to reach more older adults and expand upon its current services by bringing them to remote and underserved areas of the County. This includes new educational health promotion, service enrollment and senior advocacy program opportunities so they can stay in, and contribute to, their community.
To view the Ulster County Senior-Friendly Community Action Plan please click here.
The Office for the Aging is open and looks forward to seeing you. Please be advised that visitors must wear a mask upon entering the building and maintain social distance guidelines unless they provide proof of vaccination. If you are not feeling well please stay home.
In addition, appointments may be made ahead of time by calling 845-340-3456.
To our stalwart, patient Seniors of Ulster:
Things are moving again! Things are opening up!
We would like to let you know of some important things coming up that we are planning:
We are now having weekly Mall Walks, and have visiting experts come and speak (briefly) about topics of interest. Please come join us at the Hudson Valley Mall at 9:45 every Tuesday for this important set of events.
Our Community Cafes will be opening for a weekly Congregate meal. See Page 9.
As before, all events need pre-registration, so we can plan meal counts, space, etc. Thanks for calling ahead!
We are in the process of planning some exercise classes at The Hub, and we recently began chess classes and some Community Bingo games at various places since it seemed to be so popular! Our Lunch and Learns are slowly starting up again as well – we will be scheduling them around the County for all of you soon.
As part of our Falls Prevention Program, those of you who expressed interest in becoming Bingocize trainers (a new, evidenced-based exercise program using Bingo) will soon be getting that training and we will start offering those classes as well – they look like loads of fun!
I have a Radio show the 2nd Tuesday of each month on WGHQ at 8:30 am – tune in if you can!
Keep those masks on if you feel iffy about going out in public – despite many getting vaccinated, COVID is still out there, and now we have a variant – the good news is that the vaccine seems to be able to keep folks much safer, and much less infectious to others.
Here’s hoping to see you all at events soon!
In health and caution,
Recovery Service Center 845-443-8888 RSC[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has established the Recovery Service Center in the wake of COVID-19. The Recovery Service Center will assist the public on a wide range of topics including: helping direct callers to county and community resources and will allow callers to submit general inquiries and complaints. The hotline will be able to assist callers with programs and services related to: food, housing, mental health support, employment, business, as well as continuing COVID-19 assistance. The RSC hotline will be available Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The Gen to Gen program matches Ulster County seniors and high school students for a mutual learning experience, where the senior gets to learn (from HS mentors) interviewing skills, some tech skills, while they ask a comprehensive set of questions of the seniors who agree to be interviewed, and perhaps create a montage of video and audio information about that senior and the richness of their lives. It has been a project wish of Pat Ryan since he started. We are currently working on the project now in conjunction with Ulster Corps and local HS guidance counselors and students in different areas. If you wish to be interviewed, and want to take part, please call the office at 845-340-3456.
For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.